I absolutely love love love this series by Lauren Oliver. She is one of my favorite women authors. If Lauren continues to give us such wonderfully powerful books such as these she will have a bright future.
As for the narrator Sarah Drew I can not sing her praises enough. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED her narration of each character. Especially Lana and Alex's fight scene when he tells her what kept him alive. I was practically in tears from that performance. If I were Lauren Oliver I would insist on having Sarah Drew narrate each and every one of my books. And if she wasn't available at the time I would wait until she is, that's how awesome she is. I would recommend this book, absolutely!
The story was interesting, the reader well matched and I thought the concept was good. Spoiler alert: When the female character uses another guy, and then throws him over, I don't have any respect for that character. "Don't tell me you love me - here let me kiss all over you". "Please give me time but I'll continue to sleep next to you every night". The poor guy ends up getting hit right between the eyes - down for the count when he is dumped. With the girl throwing herself at him at every chance, how could he ever see it coming. I found that bit distracting - the story could stand without it. At one point, when she was all over the first guy again, I wondered what she was going to do - take him back to the tent to sleep with her and the second guy? I always think both guys should walk away and find someone better. That back and forth is like a character flaw in a book. I did like the main story, but the so called romance was annoying.
Great story and loved all of it till the end. The end wasn't bad but wish there was an ending instead of leaving it all open at the end.
This is not my usual fare, but I read this series because I watched the first episode of the Delirium TV show and was curious about the story. While not exceptional, the story and plot were interesting enough that I stayed with it through three books. While I could have predicted the ending pretty well from about the first quarter of the first book, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if the author had developed the ending over many chapters, not just a few paragraphs.
I think Lauren Oliver did her readers a disservice by simply throwing the end together, as if she was about to exceed her word limit and needed to end the story as quickly as possible.
Based on my experience with this last book in the series, I seriously doubt I'll be reading any more of her books in the future.
I'm still really mad at the main character for not checking the cells while she was there. I just find it hard to believe and I can't get past it. One of my book buddies thinks I'm crazy and is absolutely in love with the trilogy but I'm just having a hard time getting past that one part. Overall, it was a good story but I don't think I'll read it again.
Man the last book is SUCH a disappointment!! The story felt rushed and chaotic, not slow and contemplative like the first two. The main character is now officially annoying going back and forth and back and forth. Main characters become uncharacteristic without enough explanation and the end has this pretty rushed bow placed on top, while missing way too much detail. Its tough to make a whole series successful, but the first two books were at least cool.
Yes of course.
Yes, Sarah Drew is an wonderful narrator. I think she brought a lot of depth to the characters.
The end, which was very bittersweet,because i loved what was happening but I was SO SAD that it was over.
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
Lauren Oliver is really a joy to read. Her skill level is definitely higher than I've come to expect from YA authors. I also was fortunate to listen to the audiobook version of these books which are narrated by the very excellent Sarah Drew. She especially shined in this book doing both Hana and Lena's voices.
This book has the perspectives of both Hana and Lena. Usually this method doesn't work well but for this story particularly it was great. We get to see the unraveling from the resistances' side and also the cured side. It was especially interesting to me to see how Hana changed after the cure as this concept was intriguing to me from the beginning.
You still have a love-triangle technically in this book but I was okay with it due to the personality change in Alex for the last two books. It's an interesting foil. I also appreciated that there wasn't a lot of make-out scenes. She focused on the real story here - the desire for the freedom to choose.
Female YA authors often can't close the deal on the story. Although I felt it was obvious how the series would end, it was neat to see the details and think about the ramifications on the society. And no epilogue yea! She doesn't feel the need to lay out exactly where things will go but there's enough hints to leave you satisfied.
I enjoyed the book as part of the trilogy
It left me wanting a different ending